Grand Teton National Park Issues Emergency Closure of Jackson Hole's Backcountry Gates

Grand Teton National Park Issues Emergency Closure of Jackson Hole's Backcountry Gates

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Grand Teton National Park Issues Emergency Closure of Jackson Hole's Backcountry Gates

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Officials at Grand Teton National Park have requested that Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY immediately close backcountry gates exiting the resort into GTNP for the first time ever. 

 

Image Of Granite Canyon From GTNP.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is having their snowiest February ever recored. Over this weekend alone, almost 3-feet fell on the area, culminating in this rare request to close the gates.

Avalanche Warning for Jackson Hole

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE BRIDGER-TETON NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER.

THE BRIDGER TETON AVALANCHE CENTER IN JACKSON HAS ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS: TETON AND GROS VENTRE RANGES, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, THE ABSAROKA RANGE,
JACKSON HOLE, AND THE SALT RIVER AND WYOMING RANGES.

* TIMING…IN EFFECT FROM 600 AM MST TODAY UNTIL 600 AM MST WEDNESDAY.

* AFFECTED AREA…THE TETON AND GROS VENTRE RANGES, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, TOGWOTEE PASS AREA, SALT RIVER RANGE, WYOMING RANGE, SNAKE RIVER RANGE, AND JACKSON HOLE.

* AVALANCHE DANGER…STRONG WINDS, HEAVY SNOWFALL AND WARMING TEMPERATURES HAVE CREATED VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS AND INCREASED THE GENERAL AVALANCHE HAZARD TO HIGH.

* REASON/IMPACTS…LARGE TO VERY LARGE AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY TO RELEASE NATURALLY ON A VARIETY OF ASPECTS. WIDESPREAD NATURAL AVALANCHE ACTIVITY IS POSSIBLE.

* PRECAUTIONARY / PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED. AVALANCHES MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES AND COULD RUN INTO MATURE FOREST, VALLEY FLOORS AND FLAT TERRAIN. ROADWAYS MAY BE IMPACTED ON TETON PASS, AND IN THE SNAKE RIVER, AND HOBACK RIVER CANYONS.

CONSULT HTTP://JHAVALANCHE.ORG/ OR WWW.AVALANCHE.ORG FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.

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